Coventry college showing signs of improvement

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A college in the West Midlands has shown promise in turning things around after being labelled “inadequate” by Ofsted.

Coventry City College has been making “reasonable progress” since its initial report, according to the education regulator.

The original findings in April eventually led to the principal at the time leaving the college.

It had received the lowest rating in three key categories, including outcomes for learners, effectiveness of leadership and management and quality of teaching and assessment.

Inspectors also criticised what they said was below average achievement rates, poor attendance levels by students and low course completion.

Since then, the college has appointed a new interim principal – who praised the “hunger, passions and sheer determination” of staff working to make things better.

The college has also enforced an intensive staff development programme, which was noted by Ofsted in its updated report.

Lead inspector Philippa Francis said: “Much stronger leadership of teaching and learning has ensured that teachers are clear about their role and are being held accountable for making sure learners succeed.”

She added that the signs of recovery for the college were good, but that the “green shoots” still needed to be “nurtured”.